Steven Rutter – Riddle Me Sane - FireScope 2xLP
Steven Rutter is B12, a cult producer with a hardcore following, and for good reason. He has very much defined the deep techno genre with his music on labels like Warp in the early days, then followed it up with gold on Delsin and Soma before deciding to revert to his own name. The sounds are just as good as ever, though, as this third album proves. It's got all his usual signifiers - cosmic motifs, sci-fi pads, spacious and heady arrangements - as well as inviting downtempo groovers that pull you into deep to this alien world. Playing out like a fully journey rather than collecting of tracks, 'Riddle Me Sane' is another mini masterclass.